Oosterdam Cruise ship from Holland America Line is a classic example of a 21st century cruise ship of the Vista-class vessels. It is a large and beautiful vessel from a 130 year old company which incorporates youthful and family-friendly elements. The ship’s triple decked atrium is adorned with Waterford crystal sculptures while vivid colors are used throughout her interiors.
Launched in 2003, Oosterdam is the second Vista-class ship from Holland America. One of the ship’s main attractions is her four elegant exterior glass elevators providing a sweeping view of the ocean. The ship weighs 82,305 tons and can accommodate up to 1,916 passengers. The ship has a total of 817 friendly and dedicated crews attentive to your every cruising need. Oosterdam cruise ship uses a diesel electric power plant and an Azipod propulsion system.
Guests can have meals at the formal dining room which offers two dining seating and open seating. The best alternative dining place is the Pinnacle Grill, but you will have to make a reservation in order to get in. Guests can also have a nice meal near the pool at the Terrace Grill. For buffet breakfast and lunch consisting of mostly Asian specialties, pasta and pizza, head over to the Lido. The Italian restaurant Canaletto serves the best pasta dishes and desserts.
Entertainment and Nightlife
During the night, guests will enjoy the entertainment on board the Oosterdam ranging from comics to magicians. The Crew Show featuring Indonesian performers is highly recommended. For a night of dancing you may want to head over to the Northern Lights. But if you want to catch a movie complete with popcorn, head over to the Queen’s Lounge.
Oosterdam has a total of 924 cabins, 85 percent of which provides an ocean view. Most of the outside cabins also feature a private balcony complete with chairs, tables, and loungers. The storage space of the closet and bathroom shelves are quite adequate in every cabin. Guests staying in one of the suites will enjoy a whirlpool tub, powder room, and a walk-in closet. Some of the amenities include high-tech gadgets such as DVD players, a Jacuzzi and a large balcony.
Sun worshippers will enjoy a day at the ship’s two pools which provide sufficient space even on peak hours. The main pool with a retractable roof is adorned with a sculpture of four penguins. One of the more crowded places is the promenade deck which measures a mile when circled three times. Guests who want some pampering time would want to stay at the Greenhouse Spa and Salon for some relaxing treatments such as massages and facials. The ship also features a spacious Gymnasium fully equipped with exercise machines such as treadmills, weight machines, plus fresh water and towels.
Taking the Kids
Kids ranging from 5-17 will have a great time over at the Club HAL where a number of supervised programs are offered. The Wave Runner is another teen area where you can find a big screen movie corner and a dance floor.
Like in any other Holland America ship, the total tip per person a day is $11 shared among cabin attendants, waiters, and service personnel.